Friday, September 29, 2017

Podcasts and astrology -- #30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge @Plentiful_Earth

#30daysMagicalRootsChallenge by @Plentiful_ Earth

Writing and editing has distracted me from finishing this, but we're almost done! And, look! Day 29 (and 28). (Okay, so it was supposed to posted on August 28th and 29th, but still. :))

Day 29 asked about podcasts. (These would go alongside the Youtube channels, I think)  Well? My favorite podcast used to be Other Worlds of Romance, (yeah, I know. It's a writers show more than a pagan show. Sadly, it's ended. But I have a few more podcasts I listen to that would fit better in the pagan realm.

First and foremost, the Biddy Tarot Podcast has helped a lot in my understanding of ...well, tarot. 

Others I've enjoyed are (obviously) the Pagan Musings Podcast (and yes, they did have me on as a guest a while back). There's also the Myth and Legends Podcast,  Celtic Myth Podshow and Druidcast. You might have to open Itunes to see these because their website won't let me, anymore.


 But anyway, there are the few I enjoy.

Astrology. Well...honestly? I've not yet gotten the hang of this subject. I mean, I've known my sun sign for years, but the rest of it never really interested me and I can't figure out how an overall sign (er, set of signs?) like you get from your chart, gets extrapolated down to day to day predictive newspaper columns. *scratches head* I must be missing a book, somewhere. So I know I'm a ...Cancer Moon? I think? Yeah. Cancer Moon. But...so what? It sortakinda maybe/maybenot points out some things about my overall personality, (I mean, I am a total water baby :)) but do the stars and planets have any baring on my day-to-day life? That's where my skeptic side comes in.

 But, I've investigated it. (Case in point, I read an online horoscope supposedly relating to my sign  just this morning--a morning that started out shitty--that had no mention of that, at all. In fact, the horoscope was the exact opposite of the way it happened). I even have one of those astrological charts (you know where you put all your pertinent information into a who-knows-if-it's-safe--I can't believe they don't ask for your freakin' SS# and street address!--websites. I hate that!!) and it spit out a chart that...I can't make heads or tails of, which doesn't seem to show my moon sign, unless it's in one of these geometric little glyphs that I don't understand. And I know someone who has studied this subject for years and has explained to me what my rising sign was ...but I can never remember what she said.  I have to keep asking. *shakes head*

And this month the full new moon was in Virgo so you should "look to where your moon's supposed to be in Virgo" and...er. Well...Mine is where it's always been? In Cancer. So...yeah. I have no idea what people mean when they say things like that. Trigonometry (because I understand Trig about as much as I do astrology, so Trigonometry=astrology?)  isn't my forte.😒  I'm also not supposed to be compatible with my husband at all and well.... We've got 30 years of mind-melding bliss, baby. There's us, then there's the rest of the world. :) (And he doesn't believe in any witchy stuff, not even the stuff I do!) Fwiw, we share another sign...I think.

So...Confused much. Yes.


If it works for you, great. I wish I understood it,then at least that'd be one more witchy thing to add to my list but...I'm afraid Astrology and me aren't meant to be. Tarot's easier to understand.The only reason I ever looked up my other signs was for for fun, for checking out Arwen's tarot videos.I might work on that in the next month...(to answer the final day's question: What practice are you going to continue past this month? ) Or...herm...Maybe the energy work and plant magic. Definitely reading and staying curious!

And just as a final digression, LADY OF THE TAROT is officially one year old, and I now have the galley copy of Druid Warrior Prince (the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book *points to signature*) in hand. Combing of said-galley will commence, this weekend. :) I hope y'all have a good one. I shall be...reading.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Healing and Self Care--#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge @Plentiful_Earth


Though the month ended, I wanted to finish these up. However, a funeral, then a hurricane got in the way, so here we are, halfway into the next month (are we already??)  and I've got a few more to go. 
Day 27's topic was:

 Healing
Focus on some self-care today. What are you doing in your life to bring health and vitality to your physical and emotional body? Do you practice magical healing, or energy healing like reiki? If so, practice some healing magic today! If not, take some time today to learn a little bit about different kinds magical healing.

Well, at the time of the 27th day of August, I was doing (or trying to do) yoga every day. That didn't go over with my body well. Though exercise is good for you, too much is not good. So I had to go back to only 2 or 3 days a week.

And then.... OMG, all the things happened. Not only that damned storm and the stress of that and all that came afterwards, but...yes, a friend passed. Ugh! (and thinking that there might be another cat 3 or 4 around the corner. Oh crap!! Make it stop!)

So there's been a barrage of stress battering us around, here.

Magical healing? Does vegging and trying to breathe count? Because I myself don't practice reiki, but I have a friend who does and she's sent some my way a time or two. Also, years ago, I got into a car wreck and damaged my back, and a friend of mine charged a little icon with healing energy and brought it over to ...essentially apply it reiki style to me. I wish I had a picture of the little thing to show you but alas, I do not. (I don't even know if she still has it, that's how long ago this was!). I have no clue how to do it, though, beyond what I've read. And this even says you can't learn it on your own, so there we go. (Yoohoo, reiki practitioner friend o' mine! ;)

 Oh, well... I will admit to having invoked some healing gods and goddesses in the past(Apollo, Asclepius, and such) and a time or two for other people who were in dire situations (read: hospitals involved) that, as I've mentioned before, didn't work  ... I know we can't cure everything (can we not? Or are the cures for everything under the sun locked away by the powers that be because there's more $$ to be made in treatment?) but hell, it would be nice.

Did/does asking the gods to send healing magic my way work? Or (and this is a category where my skeptical side pipes up) was it just time and being attentive to my body and doing what my doctors said that did/does the trick? 

Who knows? I won't be doing gymnastics ever, but I am doing better today than I was all those years ago, so ... yes? As for the energy, a intent-filled wiping down may work (or not. I don't know if I'm still vibrating though, so that's a good thing, right?) I've never actually done reiki on myself though, as far some sort of energy healing goes, but yeah, I have had it done for me. Usually, I just pop whatever the doctor tells me and rest.

 What about you? Do you practice energy healing at all?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Post Irma Sunday--#Sundayblogs #BloggersBlast


Meme hosted by Kimberley of Caffeinated Book Reviews


So, Sunday again. This week has flown by! Why did I not notice? Well, do you recall me mentioning that hurricane we got last week? Yeah, I've had tree cutting and outside work to do. The good news is, we're almost completely finished. Said-tree is such a huge mother we don't have anymore space in our pile to put more cuttings.

stump by Juli D. Revezzo

That would be my husband's hand against the stump there. As a point of reference, his hands are bigger than mine. So it was....yeah. A job. (No, he didn't cut it with that rinky dink little saw. That was in the picture as a joke. :))

So now we just wait for the trash men to come and get it. That means...blessed time to veg! Woohoo!
Luckily we didn't get as much damage (or a power outage!) as others south of us.

Why yes, I am sore all over from the work that tree cutting took, why do you ask? While I did manage to find a new template for my blog (which I'm not certain I'm happy with all its bells and whistles yet) I haven't had much time to read this week, except for after nightfall. But I did manage to a) post a review for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on my book blog (Can't believe I forgot to do that.. I read it...like, over a year ago). And b) finished reading the second book: Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares. What?? I didn't do any writing? Didn't even think about it?? Something must be wrong. Yeah....er, brain, fried? I did realize I didn't review the first Sisterhood book, so I've quickly posted one on my review blog. My review for Second Summer is scheduled to go up on the blog later this week.


Or so...

As for blogging, other than the review I just posted on my book blog, I did manage to get one out--no two! :)

Top 5 places I'd like to visit
and
So, that hurricane
and
Almost Ready (Which, thanks to Irma what's said in that post is pushed back. Grrr...)


Books I bought this week...only one:
a pre-order of A Mother's Love by Jolene Dawe

So that was my week. I hope you had a good one!


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Top 5 places I'd like to visit.



Top Five Places I'd like to visit.
If you're following along, I'm getting my inspiration for these posts from this list here.

 I think we all have some place other than home we'd like to be sometimes, don't we?  For me this list is easy. The hard part is putting them in order. I find sometimes my list changes depending on what I'm writing about that week/month/whatever. I do have a limitation, though. So often, there's not just a place I'd like to visit, but a time.

1) For instance, I'm sure everyone wants to visit Paris--but what about the 19th century Paris? :) I'd love to see what life was like there, then.

2) I'd like to go to Ireland, pre-Roman invasion. As part of that, I think I'd like to go...wherever it started and see what we could do to validate the existence (or lack thereof?) of King Arthur. :)
And Avalon, of course.


3) The time of the witch trials. I'd do what I could to see them stopped. On second thought, maybe that's not a good idea..  I'd end up dead, because time traveling would certainly brand me as a witch--eep!

4) Pompeii--1st century, of course. Why? OMG, for some reason I am obsessed with it right now. I think I'd like to land there early. Before August 24 (or whatever the date of the eruption of Vesuvius was--some say it wasn't August 24). Then I'd bop the first government official I saw over the head and tell them to evacuate the city--and coast! Yesterday. If I had to tell them I was an oracle and they better listen and get their butts in gear, or else, what would be the harm? ;)

5) And this one is, a realistic one, Italy in general. I've wanted to see Florence, ever since college (but what art history student didn't?). I may, one day. I just wish we would figure out how to build a working teleporter, first. :)

And those would be my top 5 ...er, places and times.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romance HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

So...that hurricane




Hiho, everyone! I hope you're well.

I haven't had a chance to post or do much of anything online since Friday.For those of you wondering, yes, we are alive and well, even though freakin' Irma decided to go right over my house! Yes, we evacuated, yes, we are safe. We went to a family member's house, and she had power the entire time, until about 1:30 AM Monday night. We had some storm damage that made my hubby nervous so we came home. Since then, we've been on cleanup duty (if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen a little of it). The storm was by no means as powerful by the time it got to us as it was over the Keys (I feel terrible for them--and Naples and Miami!) so we did not get that much of it here. Thank gods, because when we left, the news was making it sound like we would come back to just the foundation left! (picture Homestead, circa Hurricane Andrew, that's what we were picturing)

Thank the gods, no.

However, that damage I spoke of, if we had not boarded up, we very well may not've had a house to come back to (we think). Word to the wise, if they tell you to board up, do it. Yeah, it's a freakin' inconvenience and pain in the backside, and yeah you may just have to come back and take them down again, but you know what?  I'm really glad we did! 

Anyway, I'm all back to normal now, and should be back to my regularly scheduled madness. Remember what I said in my last post about Druid Warrior Prince being up by the end of the month? Given this five day break...I think I'll be lucky to get it (the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book) out by the end of the month. Probably more like early October at this point. Oh well. Please bear with me. And to everyone affected by Irma, all of you without power, and suffering in the crazy heat, all of you who may've lost your homes to this monster, my heart goes out to you. Please try to stay safe with whatever you're dealing with now.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Almost ready....pre-release check #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

Why yes, of course we have a freakin' natural disaster headed our way. What else would happen when I'm waiting to get a proof copy in the mail? (*Finger hovers over order button* No, I suppose I should wait to order that final check copy...of what, you say? Oh, a little something of Celticy fantasy goodness!). But now, we wait because mother nature wants to throw a tantrum. :p Hopefully the stupid thing will turn out to sea and leave us all alone.

F-you, trickster gods!  

So anyway, yes, my next book is that close. Probably by the end of the month, (if we're still here, that is!)

If you're in Florida, stay safe, my friends.  *hugs*☔
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sigils--#30daysmagicalroots: Day 26: Sigils @Plentiful_earth #Blogs #BloggersBlast

Whoa! Now I'm really behind. Okay the prompt for the #30daysmagicalroots challenge day 26 was:

Craft a sigil that represents the path you are on or the path you want to follow. This is a deeply personal creation so put some thought into it. (Recommended Resource: Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D.)

I love me some Celtic spirals, but you know what? I don't work with sigils. Or, not for a long, long time. In fact, I can't remember the last time I used one, except...last full moon I was in a group ritual that made one. I'm not sure I can show you that one, and truth to tell,I can't tell (yet) if it "worked". Such is the facts with spells: sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. The thing about sigils, y'all? And I don't think 90% of the people upchucking them onto their covers (ala Full Metal Alchemist) understand this but.... they're used way more in ceremonial magic than in most other paganism--or at least wicca. (in fact so much was taken into paganism from ceremonial magic, I doubt many witches understand what came from where.) but it's always felt too... formal for me. (and slow, in fact, I was struck by that fact when I was reading a recent book,The Tower Alchemist by Alesha Escobar (which I am enjoying despite what I'm about to say). The character has to skitter to find something to draw on then activate the sigil to even trigger the magic. In the middle of a fight. Otherwise, I am enjoying the book. But if it was real life, and real magic,  if I was in the middle of a fight, bopping the bad guy on the head would work faster. *g* Sorry Alesha.


I don't even think Caitlin has ever used one in the Antique Magic books. Her husband, Trevor, doodles of course, but if either of them have ever used true focused sigils in their magic? *shrugs* If they have, they haven't told me. Sigils are used a scant bit in Celtic Stewards Chronicles: there are sigils on the walls and gates and here and there in the background of different buildings the harshad druids inhabit. You might miss them if you don't read close  but they are there :). Not quite as front and center as in  Alesha's book but they are.

But as for using one in my other workings? Like I said, I can't remember the last time I did. But for this blogging experiment, I decided to try one. So I did some research, and found a formula here that I tried. What'd I come up with? This:


sigl by Juli D. Revezzo


:) Now you see why I don't share my doodles much! and you see how it still looks like words. So, make words into images? er, that's too much math for me! *lol*  Anyway, so that would be one made officially for this here blog post. The full moon's coming up again, so we'll see how/if it works. (*fingers crossed loosely*)


If you count less garbled pictures? I don't know if you count this but I have my logo...
*pets logo* Obviously, that's my favorite. It's Bran's/Morrigan's raven and...well, the crown, is not to be arrogant but their sovereignty. *nodnods* And I think means a heck of a lot more than any mixed up little "do it this way" sigil, In fact, it's so personal I would've liked to get it tattooed (but then I had that whole allergic reaction and we're afraid the chemical I'm allergic to might be in tattoo inks and thus, life threatening so I just use it as a logo. After all "They" know what it means, so who cares where it shows up in my life circle, right? :) 


But so, there we go. My babble about sigils.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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Sing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance
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